A lot of people group Peru in their minds with other South American countries. If you visit Peru, try to speak with others that had visited the county to plan your itinerary or consult travel experts. As you will learn there are many famous must-see landmarks and natural wonders located in Peru. When you plan your trip, make sure you budget the time and money to visit your favorites. Here are four of the most popular tourist sites in Peru.
Located about 50 kilometers from the city of Cusco, Machu Picchu is the most famous relic of ancient Incan culture in the world. While some castles back home may be considered old at thirty, Machu Picchu has been standing since the 1400s. It is often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas because of its remote location and incredible degree of preservation. Archaeologists believe it was originally built as a palace or estate. Machu Picchu is considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Located in the Andes mountains, Lake Titicaca is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. More than 20 rivers flow into it and it spans over 8,000 square kilometers, making it the largest lake by volume on the continent. If you're looking for a change from your usual vacation, why not take a cottage on the lake and enjoy the incredible view? You can also visit the man-made floating islands, see a reed boat made, or explore by boat.
In the high desert 80 kilometers from anywhere lie the mysterious forms known as the Nazca lines. Created by the ancient Nazca people in 400 AD, these geoglyphs depict animals, humans, and plants and are each over 600 feet across, making them only decipherable from high above. The mystery that will occupy you when you return home is how and why were they created?
The world wonders calendar you keep in your office cannot prepare you for the beauty of this Peruvian national park. At over 22,000 ft it is the 4th tallest point in the hemisphere. Popular activities in and around Mount Huascaran include hiking, camping, rafting, and of course climbing. It takes about a week to climb to the top.